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Learn English Vocabulary, Story 8
A Story for Learners of English

Here's a short, funny story for learning vocabulary. As a student of English, you should read this story at least three times. Difficult words are explained on the right side of the page.

A man who was (1) hard of hearing (2) realized that he needed (3) to purchase (4) a hearing aid, but he (5) was unwilling to spend much money. "How much do they (6) run?", he asked a shopkeeper. "That depends", said the salesperson. "They can run anywhere from $2 to $2000." The man said, "Let's see the $2 (7) model". The (8) clerk put (9) the device around the man's neck. "You just (10) stick this button in your ear and put this little (11) string down into your (12) pocket", he (13) instructed. "How does it (14) work?", the man asked. "For $2, it doesn't (15) actually work, the salesman (16) replied, "but when people see it on you, they'll talk louder".

(1) cannot hear well
(2) understood
(3) to buy
(4) a little machine to help you hear better
(5) did not want to
(6) from the lowest price to the highest
(7) one kind or one type
(8) a worker in a shop
(9) the little machine
(10) to put
(11) a thin, long wire
(12) part of your pants, you can put things in
it such as money or your keys
(13) to tell or to teach
(14) do what it should do
(15) really
(16) answered

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